addiction

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Results of comprehensive survey of physicians and other stakeholders on diversion and abuse of controlled substances. Includes history and current status of the problem of prescription drug abuse; mechanisms of diversion; the role of the Internet; gaps in current efforts to control diversion; education, prevention, and treatment; and recommendations for change.
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A website providing links to 50 different Treatment Improvement Protocols (TIPs). TIPs are practice guidelines for the treatment of substance abuse put together by panels consisting of clinical, research, and administrative experts. Those TIPs that are relevant to our site have each been individually used as a resource.
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Guidelines for the screening, assessing, and treating of substance abuse disorders in the elderly population (60 years or older).
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Due to the increasing amount of research being conducted on brief intervention, this section of the website is geared to those who may need to intervene with an individual experiencing a substance abuse problem.
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Opioid analgesics must be prescribed with discernment and their appropriate use should be periodically assessed. Urine drug testing, although not designed specifically for this role, is a widely available and familiar method for monitoring opioid use in chronic pain patients. Urine drug testing can help track patient compliance and expose possible drug misuse and abuse. We sought to evaluate current attitudes and practices regarding the use of urine drug testing among chronic pain patients taking opioids. To the best of our knowledge, this is one of the first such attempts in the literature to examine and document the practice patterns of urine drug testing in this context. A total of 99 attendees at the American Congress of Pain Medicine were surveyed in 2008 about their urine testing practices for patients on opioid therapy. Surprisingly, more urine testing was motivated by a desire to detect undisclosed substances than to evaluate appropriate opioid use. Some respondents never urine-tested their opioid patients, and about two-thirds of respondents had no formal training in urine testing of patients on opioid therapy. The literature does not thoroughly address the role of urine drug testing in this patient population. Most respondents did random rather than scheduled testing; few had any urine testing protocol. The study found motivations for urine testing and testing practices varied widely, and urine testing, despite its clinical utility, is not used consistently.
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Links to patient handouts on marijuana, prescription drug abuse, and drug addiction treatment.
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An addiction recovery support group network that is an alternative to 12-step programs.
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A non-profit organization dedicated to helping women overcome alcoholism and other addictions. Based on thirteen statements that help encourage positivity and emotional and spiritual growth.
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LifeRing is a network of support groups for people who want to live free of alcohol and other addictive drugs. Supports treatment that is matched to the needs of the individual. Meetings work through positive social reinforcement.
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A website that explains the 5 A's for tobacco cessation.
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US Department of Health and Human Services
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